"Networking at UT Dallas will open up a world of opportunity, so don't neglect your social life."
Hometown: Ashland, Kentucky
Major: Public Affairs
Expected Graduation Date: May 2015
UT Dallas Achievements & Activities
- National Merit Scholars Program
- Colligum V Honors Program
- Dean's List, Fall 2012 - Spring 2014
- Pi Alpha Alpha, National Public Affairs Honor Society
- President's Volunteer Service Award 2013
- Bill Archer Fellowship, Spring 2015
- Internship with Care Highway International
- Internship with Texas Senator Jane Nelson, District Office
- Internship with Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson, District Office
- Fast Track program, MPA
- Underground Poetry Circus
Deciding on Public Affairs
Before coming to UT Dallas, I attended the Gatton Academy of Math and Science at Western Kentucky University. My major concentration there was computer science, and at first I had every intention of making my career in a Hackers-esque world of compilers and intrigue. I still love programming, but I realized along the way that true fulfillment in my life came from working with people, not processors. The Public Affairs program at UT Dallas provides students with the knowledge and skills to work effectively within the public sector and make a meaningful, positive impact.
My EPPS Success
I attribute most of my success to being willing to take opportunities as they arise. EPPS faculty and advisors are always presenting great opportunities for internships, networking, lecture sessions, and other events that have, in one way or another, led to much of the success that I have enjoyed during my time here. If you get involved in everything EPPS has to offer, it's difficult not to find success somewhere!
Plans for the Future
I am currently looking forward to spending time in Washington, D.C. as a Spring 2015 Bill Archer Fellow. I would love to parlay that time into a career in our nation's capital, working on the federal side of things for a while before returning to more community-oriented service.
Advice to Prospective EPPS Students
The EPPS faculty are some of the most valuable resources you will have during your time here. Go to office hours with your professors, even if you don't have any specific questions about the lecture material. Networking at UT Dallas will open up a world of opportunity, so don't neglect your social life. Be adventurous, take every opportunity you can, and the connections you will build during your time here will serve you well.
I like to spend my free time cooking, watching movies, working on creative writing projects, and enjoying life's little adventures!